March 19 Writing Tips, tricks, thoughts

Birthdays: Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821), Irving Wallace (1916), Philip Roth (1933), James Redfield (1950)

Philip Roth was a multiple winner of the National Book Award as well as the 1997 Pulitzer in Fiction for “American Pastoral”

Quote: “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” – Philip Roth

Tip: Are you a panster or a plotter? A panster is someone who writes by the seat of their pants. They don’t know who the story is about or where it’s going, they just write and let the story go where it takes them. A plotter outlines everything beforehand. Most of us fall somewhere in between.

Jumpstart: Write a scene using words of only one syllable and short sentences like: “See Spot run.”, but do it as a murder mystery.

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